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Arthur Adams, born September 6, 1991, started taking piano lessons at age 8. After two years of lessons he was the piano accompanist for his middle school Orchestra in Walnut Creek, CA. He began studying jazz pieces for solo piano, and performed several pieces by Bill Boyd and Carl Strommen in November 2003. As of 2006 he is in his third year as the piano accompanist for the Northgate High School Orchestra. Over the years as a student he has performed in several concerts. While never the lead, he has gained valuable experience as a performer. Adams has composed since age 10. While most of his works were left unfinished and unnoticed, he hopes to create music that will be worthwhile. In his high school years he has enjoyed listening to, and playing Classical and Romantic-style music.
All-time favorite: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Other favorite composers: Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, Scriabin, Sinding, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert
Background of works
While still a fledgling composer, Arthur loves to write Romantic-Contemporary style music, and has taken incredible interest in his work. Even though he only plays piano, Arthur has been around large string ensembles for almost 6 years, and has written for string orchestras and quartets in addition to piano works. Even if Arthur does not normally "complete" many of the compositions he begins, he is beginning to take composition of larger-scale pieces more seriously.
- Piano Etude No. 1 in E Flat Minor (MIDI)
- Melancholy Song No. 2 in C Minor (Mp3 taken from Cal State East Bay CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival, March 2006) (MIDI available soon)
Arthur uses The Mozart Music Processor for writing his pieces. He believes it to be the simplest to use and best print/note font quality in existence for Windows computers (he likes neither Finale nor Sibelius). As a tip, he suggests that one can "realize" one's composed MIDI's by downloading a program called "Synthfont". (Disclaimer: Don't try to pass these converted MP3's as an actual, practiced performance on the part of the composer)